Focus on Fostoria - Dec_31_03

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Fostoria Focus - December 31, 2003

Veterans Memorial Chapel Committee Begins
Reviewing Window Design

By Leonard Skonecki
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The Veterans Memorial Chapel Committee met recently to begin review of designs for the stained glass window that will be the centerpiece of the chapel.

Eighteen designs were submitted by members of the public and art students at Fostoria High School.

There is still an opportunity for anyone to submit a design. The committee has set four criteria for the window.

The design must be patriotic, incorporate the service of our veterans and should be simple. Designs which are too intricate will be too difficult and costly to produce. Finally, it must, when constructed be visible from Van Buren Street.

Mayor John Davoli said that while many of the submissions so far were good, non really stand out.

"We hope the chapel will stand for 150 years," he said. "It doesn't have to be perfect, but we want it to be close."

The committee will accept window designs until Jan. 16. They can be dropped off at the mayor's office. Linda Radcliff of R&L Stained Glass will make the window.

The committee reserves the right to alter the chosen design for theme or content reasons or for ease of construction.

Fund-raising for the chapel continues. The AMVETS, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion have all dedicated 50 percent of the proceeds from their fund-raising activities to the chapel.

Construction on the chapel has begun. When workers began digging the foundation, they ran into some minor trouble with some tree stumps and an old foundation which was jackhammered away by John Potteiger and other city workers.

The footer has been poured and the pipe for the plumbing is in.

Anyone with questions about the chapel can call 419-435-8282.


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